The rectangular space had a continuous glass façade and a parallel structural column line breaking the open space in 2. That gave us the idea of locating the livable spaces next to the windows to get the higher ceiling heights and enjoy most of exterior light while the service spaces (bathrooms, closets, laundry and archive) were placed on the other side of the structural line. That gave us more freedom in the main areas (only the storefront mullions were a constraint) allowing us to design a long open space.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Located in the prestigious Condominium Hotel, this space was vacant with concrete floors and ceilings and a 110 foot glass wall overlooking the city. Utilizing the extraordinary high ceiling height of 11’6 and expand on the length of the whole apartment we left an open corridor next to the storefront glass identified by the change of pattern on the hardwood flooring and the height and pattern of the ceiling. On top of the doors we placed glass so the ceiling pattern is shown continuous. This provided a dramatic design to emphasize the view and the light. With balconies along the window wall, all the interior spaces were designed to receive the natural light and open space. High end finishes of walnut, marble and lacquer compliment the spaces along with circular shapes in the living and dining room furnishings.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The apartment has two entrances. The main entrance opens to the foyer, a spaced covered with special customized panels that contain a geometrical pattern. This texture with relief hides also the closet and the main door. This foyer opens to the main open space between the living room, with a semicircular sofa facing a custom designed shelving unit, and a reading-waiting area with a bench and a two modern chairs.
The service entrance opens to a vestibule that gives access to a guest bathroom and the laundry room. This vestibule opens to the main open space between the kitchen and dining table. The kitchen has modern cabinetry where fridge is hidden and appliances are flushed with the cabinets doors. It contains an island where the range and oven are located with seating area on the other side.
The apartment is oriented to the North-west receiving the sun from the afternoon and allowing to enjoy the fantastic views of the sunset. The glass facade has automatic shades with different positions to control the exterior light as per user desire.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in 2015 and was completed in 2016.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Working closely with the architect together we were able to weave the design of structure, mechanical, lighting and interior space design together to achieve a cohesive design. The end result is an elegant balance of design and engineering.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Spread over approximately 4,844 square feet, the apartment commands spectacular views of the city from this tall building located in central city. The linear distribution of its spaces follows its elongated floor plan, making the most of its glass façade, which features a series of triangular balconies. This pattern is repeated on the ceiling rose, creating a rhombus design when viewed from a certain angle. Aligned with the glass façade is the main corridor that connects the living room, dining and kitchen, with access to the bedrooms located on both endings. At one end is the Master room with a large walk-in closet and a Master bathroom. This master bathroom is wrapped with translucent marble stone.
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When the client purchased the property it was an empty unfinished space. It was an old conference room for the Rittenhouse hotel that was demolished to exposed the piping and ducts in order to distribute the space in three different apartments.
The apartment is located next to the hotel mechanical room where supply, return and exhaust ducts from kitchens and bathrooms coming from the 18 floors below were crossing the space.
The first task was to relocate some of these ducts out of the apartment foot print in order to obtain higher ceiling heights next to the glass façade. Noise control was a critical factor in all this process. The wall between the apartment and the mechanical room had to be super insulated. The new mechanical system for the apartment was also designed with a low noise level. The new water fixture locations were also critical. With limited access to the apartments below the coordination with neighbors for drainage work was difficult.
TEAM MEMBERS (4) :
Designer:Leesa Conley, Architect:Alvar Cortada, Architect:Eduardo Guzman and Engineer:Robert Benson
Images #1: Photographer Paul S. Bartholomew